Living vicariously through the promise of a glamorous life, the fabled estate of Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn holds years of history and countless memories. Designed in 1916 by Arthur S. Heineman, Goldwyn's property is a neoclassical structure that exhibits the saga of its illustrious past. As a testament to the mansion's history, the iconic property was recently acquired by the contemporary design gallery: The Future Perfect, as its Los Angeles outpost.
The brand new gallery location already boasts a collection of social stories, but Future Perfect's roster, led by gallery director Laura Young, will bring fresh narratives shaped in the form of sculptural art and creative design to enhance the space. The LA-based gallery is also the new residence of Future Perfect’s founder David Alhadeff who continues to uplift the contemporary design gallery’s display by setting up camp in architecturally significant homes. “Presenting our roster of talent in exceptional architectural environments creates a rich and beautiful experience for our clients as well as anyone who appreciates design,” says Alhadeff.
As a soulful gallery space as well as a private residence, Alhadeff strives to enhance the idea of working from home at a higher and more refined level. While the mansion offers zones that are devised as the gallery’s presentation spaces and are accessible through appointments, some private zones are reserved by the family that hone creative living surrounded by design. Additionally, as visitors stroll through the corridors and chambers that were formerly filled with social parties and tales from the American film industry, the contrast of a historic setting with contemporary design beckons the visitors to engage with its surroundings. “We are continuing its lineage of sharing this space with others. It's a beautiful home and property, thus the perfect setting for events," says Alhadeff.
“Our next step will be to begin to make architectural modifications to the house with our roster of talent. First up will be a powder room designed by Chris Wolston!” exclaims Alhadeff. The neoclassical house has been completely transformed into a modern gallery, with a similar approach as Future Perfect’s New York and San Francisco locations that are iconic spaces converted into residential concept galleries. Visitors to The Goldwyn House will enjoy both the interiors of the home and its planted exteriors, which are dispersed among the three and a half acres of lush gardens created by Art Luna. The gallery pushes creative thresholds and creates participatory interior curations involving incredibly special and rare sculptural pieces from local and international artists and craftspeople. Exhibitions continue to rotate and include works by artists like Lindsey Adelman, Chris Wolston, Karl Zahn, Bari Ziperstein, and Eric Roinestad.
The Oro table and chair by renowned American artist Chris Wolston, as well as stylish contemporary sconces by Brooklyn-based designer Karl Zahn and locally made ceramic sculptures by ceramist Leena Similu, are displayed in the foyer. Similarly, vibrant furniture pieces designed by Seung Jin Yang titled ‘Blowing Chairs’ that righteously evoke childhood memorabilia occupy one of the gallery spaces within the mansion. Alhadeff’s personal favourite is the dining room where Collection Particulière’s dining table, Dimoremilano’s satin chairs, Karl Zahn’s sculptural chandelier and Calico’s wallpapers create a comfortable environment. “ I would never pick a favourite piece, however, the dining room just feels so good. I love being in that room and hosting dinners within it,” concludes Alhadeff.